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gravity induced string buzz

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by qcbassman, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. qcbassman


    Jan 12, 2013
    Hi all,
    New to the forum and new to bass guitar but having a blast with it! Beginner question maybe. I just had my Squire Jag bass setup and the tech straightened the neck a little and lowered the strings. I played it at the shop afterwards and all was fine. I got home and was sitting leaned back (this is key) while playing and I got awful string buzz at the first fret. Can gravity pulling the neck be that much of an issue? Should I be concerned that there is a problem where the neck is joined to the body? I never had this problem with guitar so I didn't know of this was normal.

    Weird... I know. Thanks for the comments/suggestion.
  2. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses

  3. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    A bass neck is usually more susceptible to
    bending with a force applied. The neck is
    longer, but not thicker or wider.

    My guess is that you are pulling down with
    the weight of your arm.

    I say that because I do this sometimes on
    the couch,

  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Yes...this is why a bass should be truss-tweaked, intonated, etc. in its natural playing position. That is unless you have some high-tech jig.

    Gravity is a cruel mistress.

  5. When a bass with low action is in a horizontal position, lying flat with the neck supported you can still get string buzz just from the mass of the bass strings.
  6. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    So... if you play the bass in a more typical not leaning back position... does the buzz go away? If it does... case solved. If it doesn't, you might need to add just a wee bit of relief.